Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Evil’s Embrace
Author: L.M. Somerton
Series: Investigating Love #2
Heroes: Alex Courtney/Conor Trethuan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 178 Pages
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Available at: Totally Bound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Never underestimate the power of obsession.
After the trauma of the Rasputin case, Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and his boyfriend, Detective Constable Conor Trethuan, are in desperate need of a holiday.
The peace and tranquillity of Cornwall can’t eradicate Conor’s nightmares, though, and the unbearable prospect of losing Alex drives him to confess feelings that he isn’t sure are reciprocated. Alex responds in the best way he knows how—by issuing orders and claiming Conor’s body as well as his heart.
Prematurely recalled to work, they are thrown into a dangerous trafficking case focused on a leather bar with a hardcore reputation, Spikes. Conor is sent in undercover, not knowing that he is only a decoy. When Alex learns that the motivation behind his team’s involvement in the case might not be as straightforward as it seems, he realises that his actions might jeopardise not just their relationship, but Conor’s life, too. A shadowy figure from Conor’s past is about to step into the light.
I struggled a little bit with this sequel to Alex and Conor’s story. I believe it had more to do with the soft and fluffy slow start and less to do with the actual characters, as I really loved them both. Conor is still struggling with his need to be a submissive, and Alex is still the overbearing Dom who thrives on Conor being naughty just so that he can spank him. Cute at the beginning, but it got a little old after awhile as the sex scenes all seemed to be the same ol’ same ol.
In this installment, the boys are taking a vacation to recover from the injuries of their last case, the Rasputin torturer, and also to spend a little quality time together as boyfriends. That trip is cut short as the boys are called back to work on a new case. One where all the cards are not put on the table and one of the boys is flying blind…which does not bode well for either of them.
I had forgotten how shy Conor was in the last book so it took me a few minutes to reconcile his hesitancy at working undercover in a rowdy bar. What I hadn’t forgotten was how beautiful and perfect he was…and that got a little old reading about over and over again. Alex is still super bossy, and I am normally pretty good with some BDSM, but this book fell a little flat for me. It was so close to being really good, but something was missing, and I can’t put my finger on it. I am thinking it was how easily everything always fell into place, but whatever it was, it was a good story, it just lost a little something from the first book.
So I do recommend this book. The series is extremely interesting, and I will be reading the next story, but it was not my favorite.
Overall Impression: It was good.
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*